Superspectacular: The Radio City Rockettes and “The Christmas Spectacular”

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The Rockettes

The 75th Anniversary of “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Christmas Spectacular

Seventy-five years old and forever young, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular came flying into the Midtown Art Deco Radio Music Hall and proved to be nothing less than “Superspectacular.” For its diamond-anniversary incarnation the grand old show has been made over, from terpsichore to technology, kicking and singing into the 21st century while retaining and refining the glories of the 20th.

These include the magnificent Rockettes, more versatile and saucy than ever; the breathtaking precision and suspense of The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers; and, of course, Santa Claus, individually (the hearty Charles Edward Hall) and in vast numbers in the Here Comes Santa Claus routine that fills the huge stage with hordes of hoofing Kriss Kringles.

The revisions still result in a warm and thoughtful embrace of everything from the introductory flight of Santa to New York, to the truncated Nutcracker and a re-imagined New York at Christmas, which puts the Rockettes in snowy white (with touches of red and green) aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus. The bus takes them and the audience on a singing, dancing tour of mid-Manhattan that includes Central Park and ice skaters.

The visit to the North Pole that is the Magic Is There number, which has the Rockettes dressed as rag dolls extending seasonal greetings, has been wisely shortened and restaged to include a Santa-cynical New York teenager. And the sparklingly new Let Christmas Shine, an anniversary routine, has the Rockettes in glittering crystal costumes. Even the reverent Living Nativity, which revisits the first Christmas and is staged with camels, sheep and donkeys, has been trimmed, giving time for a grand finale that provides the Rockettes and the rest of the cast an opportunity, after three-quarters of a century, to take the most well earned of bows.

Videos about the Rockettes and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

What follows below is a selection of videos about the Rockettes and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The first video is vintage 1930s footage that shows the very first group of Rockettes. This is suceeded by a video slideshow about the show, and then a video of selected scenes from the Christmas Spectacular. The next video is of a (very leggy) photo-shoot of the Rockettes in Times Square, followed by a performance by the Rockettes in Times Square on The Today Show.

The First Group of Rockettes (1930s)

Narrated Slideshow of The 2007 Christmas Spectacular

The 2007 Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Photo-Shoot of the Rockettes in Times Square

The Today Show: The Radio City Rockettes in Times Square

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